This book has it all: a smart plot (I don't think the terrorists will be blowing up the supermarket soon), a compelling cast (people you love to hate, and end up hating to love) ... and a way of making you think about your relationship with your family.
Hand In The Till
by Gerald Hansen
5.0 stars - 23 reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Comic Irish writing at its best.
Here's the set-up:
With a family like this, who wouldn't need absinthe? Fionnuala Flood, mother of seven unruly thugs, takes stock of her life as her 45th birthday approaches, and it couldn't be more of a misery. She's been fired from the corner shop for stealing, her two oldest sons are in prison, her husband's hands are fondling more than frozen fish at the packing plant, and her lesbian daughter has just published a book exposing the family's attempts to get their claws into Auntie Ursula Barnett's lottery winnings the year before. Daughter Dymphna, unwed mother, has just been kicked out of her boyfriend's house, adding two more mouths to feed. Desperate to raise money to travel to Malta for the launch party and wreak havoc, Fionnuala puts into motion a get-rich-quick scheme that preys on the weaknesses of others and will hopefully add a bit of luxury to her empty coal bin of a life. The scam, however, unleashes dark secrets that bring Ursula back to town for a final showdown. Hand In The Till is a darkly comic look at revenge, retribution and, perhaps, reconcilliation. With a shot of absinthe.
One Reviewer Notes:
The dialogue in this black comedy simply sparkles, and the plot about the money-grabbing Floods (especially mother Fionnuala) trying to fund their trip to Malta with scams and schemes (like posing as home carers to drug old people and steal everything in their attics...really!) unfolds at a deft pace. Highly recommended for anyone who likes comedy or suspense.
About the Author
Gerald Hansen lived for years in his mother's hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland and attended Dublin City University. As a Navy brat, he grew up in California, Thailand, London, Iceland and Germany. His debut novel, An Embarrassment of Riches was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel semifinalist in 2010, and the second, Hand In The Till, came out in 2011. Gerald now lives in New York City.
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